Speaking to journalists on the process of the eviction from Gulu on Sunday, Freedom Kwiyocwiny, the State Minister for Northern Uganda said they expect the cattle owners to have left by Monday, or the animals will be auctioned.
The committee tasked to implement the eviction of migrant
cattle keepers has in the last five days identified nine cattle owners with
830 cattle to exit Gulu and Amuru districts in the second week of the eviction
The team comprising the District Security Committee, police,
and UPDF is supervising the eviction and assessment of farms to determine if
the fences are made of four strands of barbed wires, if there is a water source
for the animals, and if the land is not overwhelmed by animals.
Seven of the cattle owners are from Amuru in Lakang and
Atiak Sub-Counties collectively owning 604 heads of cattle, while two cattle
owners who collectively own 226 animals are from Palaro Sub-County in Gulu
Eight cattle owners in Amuru are accused of not having a
fence around their farms and water sources, while one in Gulu is
accused of not having a fence and a water source, and having a dispute with the
Speaking to journalists on the eviction process
from Gulu on Sunday, Freedom Kwiyocwiny, the State Minister for Northern Uganda
said they expect the cattle owners to have left by Monday,
or the animals will be auctioned. Kwiyocwiny advised those who do not have money to sell
some of the animals to get transport for their animals.
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Kwiyocwiny revealed that within the last three days, the
eviction team identified cattle owners next in line for eviction, and urged the
non-compliant ones to do it swiftly to ease the process.
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She appealed to those engaged in cattle farming to adopt
modern methods of keeping their animals in a confined area, instead of leaving
them to roam like in the past.
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The eviction exercise dubbed “Operation Harmony”
officially kicked off on November 25th, where more than, more than
250 animals were evicted from Amuru on November 26th, and 250
animals were made to exit Palaro Sub-County on November 27.
The evictions follow a directive by President Museveni that
the cattle owners leave the region for being indisciplined and leaving their
animals to roam and destroy crops. Two past executive orders given on the cattle owners' eviction were effected unsustainably.
Kwiyocwiny said Executive Order Number 3 aims to ensure
that all non-compliant cattle keepers leave and do not come back, so there is no deadline.
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Last month, Kwiyocwiny told journalists in Gulu that there
were more than 80,000 heads of cattle belonging to non-complaint cattle keepers
in the northern region who should be evicted.